Full disclosure, I am currently a candidate for Oconee County Council here in the great state of South Carolina. I am a United States Army veteran. My MOS while I was in the Army was an Infantry soldier. I am currently working on a degree in political science. I am a self-educated man on the ways our founders envisioned this nation to be. I believe in freedom and liberty of the individual and a government limited in its power to control our lives, as does any conservative.
Last night at a local forum for the candidates of the district seat I am hoping to win on June 12th. There were many questions about zoning and infrastructure. I also felt a little bit like Ron Paul on the campaign trail. Even though I did not vote for Ron Paul because of his foreign policy stances, and a few other things. His message of freedom and economic standards were great. That being said, last night I felt that I was the only one who understood the potential dangers of allowing any government to define what type of property you own in regards to zoning. It seems that there are some who believe that the government is a entity that will not regulate you life, the problem that is, there is more of a likely hood that it will than it won’t. When you allow the government to define the zone in which you live, you allow them to set rules and regulation that define that zone, therefore, you are allowing the government to dictate to you, a priviate citizen what you must now follow, change, or continue doing with your private property. Then, if you do not follow these rules, not only does the government now need an enforcement arm to regulate these standards, they will start visiting your property to make sure you are in compliance with their standards that youvoted to have, and now do not want to follow. So in essence, you who voted for zoning, voted away you private property rights. You are now under the direct control of a body of individuals who think they know how to control you land better than you do.
Here is the purpose of zoning to the current Oconee County Council.
The zoning regulations and districts as set forth in this chapter have been made in accordance with the Oconee County Comprehensive Plan. These regulations are designed to lessen traffic congestion, to protect public safety, to promote the health and general welfare of the citizens of Oconee County, to provide adequate light and air, to prevent overcrowding of land, to avoid undue concentration of population and to facilitate the adequate provisions of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks and other public requirements. These regulations have been made with reasonable consideration of the character of each community and reflect concern for protecting the property and lifestyles of all Oconee County citizens.
(Ord. No. 2007-18, Art. 1(1.1), 11-6-2008)”
I brought up the fact that the government wishes to control over population of the county. The wonderful lady who was hosting it last night seemed to not believe what I was saying. However, the evidence is clearly stated above.
“to prevent overcrowding of land, to avoid undue concentration of population”
I have a message of liberty, freedom, and individual sovereignty. There is so much at stake throughout this country, and so many people do not see what is happening. Our nation is facing terrible times at all levels. Governments throughout this great nation are trying to steal more and more of our rights, or just strip them away.
That is why I felt a little bit like Ron Paul last night. I was trying to hammer home that the individual is responsible for themselves, that our liberty is not something to simple vote away or give up willingly. We must fight those who wish to take it away. I do not mean violently, as the left would most likely assume. However, we must fight and meet them head on, on the battlefield of ideas. We must challenge their lies with truth, we must stand up to their tactics, we as conservatives must unite and stand for what is right. We must not sit down any longer and allow this nation to be sucked away into the world of leftism.
As I said, I felt a little bit like Ron Paul, sitting up there, on stage, talking about the constitution, our founders and the principles of governemnt, and free markets. In regards to infrastructure, I believe the government can assist in establishing things like sewer, and water. However, that being said, I do not believe that the government should build those things before a community or industry is there or is going to come there. I believe that hope does not pay for material things on earth. I believe that if you are going to construct some sort of infrastructure, that the industry should be willing to support much of that cost, BECAUSE the government is taking money from taxpayers to supply a business with a service for free, and not having to pay for it. That is not how capitalism works. Now, maybe a repayment plan could be met, where the county fronts the money, then the industry pays them back, then the government pays back the citizens. The likely hood of that happening is next to nil because it is government. I also do not believe in the government buying land with taxpayer money, developing it, then selling it to a business. That is theft, period.
As a Army veteran, I understand what it means to live in a control where the government has destroyed freedom of the individual. I spent a year in Iraq. I have seen what it looks like to have your wealth and prosperity being taken to benefit the government or its officials. I do not want any form of that for my county or my country.
To quote myself;
“Why should any government get more of my labor, when they do nothing to deserve what they already take? ”
It is our job to protect our God given rights. We were given the rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, it is not ours to throw away because we want our house or land to look nicer.
As I said last night at the forum;
“I would rather live poor and free, then enslaved and rich.”